Cosmopolitan began as a family magazine in 1886, in New York City, becoming a literary magazine in 1889. Its stature declined during the 1950s with the ascent of the paperback and television, until Helen Gurley Brown turned it into a magazine for the single career woman in 1965. This single issue is presented as part of the 1910 Collection, a group of 24 magazines published “on or about December 1910,” when, according to Virginia Woolf, “human character changed” and modernity became palpable.

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